Systematic Theology Comparison Chart


Systematic theology books are plentiful. Almost every theological viewpoint, and every Christian denomination, has a corresponding Systematic Theology book that reflects their positions on different topics of Scripture.

Yet looking at a book’s cover, or even reading the back of it, does not always tell a person what viewpoints are defended inside it. Systematic Theology books can be expensive, especially multi-volume editions, so it is important for a person to know what they are buying or using to ensure it is the right fit for them.

The Systematic Theology Comparison Chart below is intended to simply the process and point the reader in the right direction for their specific purposes.

AuthorTitleCoverTheological
Approach
DetailsBrowse
Barth,
Karl
Church
Dogmatics
Church Dogmatics by Karl BarthSwiss Reformed;
Neo-Orthodox:
conservative, but not fully orthodox
14 volumesAmazon
Bavinck,
Herman
Reformed
Dogmatics
Herman Bavinck dogmaticsDutch
Reformed,
Calvinistic
4 volumes;
J.I. Packer calls it a “supreme achievement”
Amazon
Berkof,
Louis
Systematic
Theology
Louis Berkof Systematic TheologyDutch-American
Reformed,
Calvinistic
former pastor, former professor of Calvin SeminaryAmazon
Berkouwer,
G.C.
Studies in
Dogmatics
Berkouwer theologyDutch
Reformed,
Calvinistic
14 volumesAmazon
Bird,
Michael
Evangelical
Theology
Michael Bird Evangelical TheologyEvangelical
Anglican
argues that the center of theology is the gospelAmazon
Bloesch,
Donald
Christian
Foundations
Donald Bloesch theologyReferred to himself as a “progressive evangelical”multi-volume
set
Amazon
Boice,
James
Montgomery
Foundations
of the
Christian
Faith
James Boice theologyReformed
Presbyterian,
championed
inerrancy
Boice founded Alliance of Confessing EvangelicalsAmazon
Buswell,
James
A Systematic Theology of the Christian ReligionJames Buswell Systematic TheologyReformed
Presbyterian,
held to mid-trib
rapture
Buswell was WWI chaplain: premill, mid-tribulationalistAmazon
Calvin,
John
Institutes of
the Christian
Religion
John Calvin theology“Calvinism” marks Presbyterian and Reformed churchesstarted writing at 26, revised until his death at age 54Amazon
Chafer,
Lewis
Sperry
Systematic
Theology
Chafer Systematic TheologyPremillennial,
pretribulation,
dispensationist
8-vol. and 4-vol versions; found Dallas Theological SeminaryAmazon
Culver,
Robert
Systematic
Theology
Robert Culver Systematic TheologyReformed“bold, comprehensive” – R. Albert Mohler Amazon
Erickson,
Millard
Christian
Theology
Christian Theology Millard EricksonBaptist,
conservative,
evangelical
seminary-levelAmazon
Erickson,
Millard
Introducing
Christian
Doctrine
Millard Erickson Christian DoctrineBaptist,
conservative,
evangelical
lay person to undergrad reading levelAmazon
Finger,
Thomas
Christian
Theology
Thomas Finger Christian TheologyAnabaptist, e.g. Mennonite, Bretherenauthor has taught at Mennonite seminariesAmazon
Frame,
John
Systematic
Theology
John Frame Systematic TheologyReformed,
Calvinist,
presuppositional
apologetics
“massive, magnificent, and biblical” – John Piper Amazon
Garrett,
James
Systematic
Theology
James Garrett Systematic TheologySouthern
Baptist
helpful to pastors and those teaching theologyAmazon
Geisler,
Norman
Systematic
Theology
Norman Geisler Systematic Theologyconsidered himself a “moderate Calvinist,” rejected Limited Atonementfounded Southern Evangelical SeminaryAmazon
Grudem,
Wayne
Bible
Doctrine
Wayne Grudem Bible DoctrineReformed, evangelical, non-cessationist regarding tongueslay person to undergrad reading levelAmazon
Grudem,
Wayne
Systematic
Theology
Wayne Grudem Systematic TheologyReformed, evangelical, non-cessationist regarding tonguesseminary-levelAmazon
Gunton,
Colin
The
Christian
Faith
Colin Gunton Christian FaithEnglish Reformed, member of United Reformed Churchfollows the Nicene CreedAmazon
Hanson,
Bradley
Introduction to Christian TheologyBradley Hanson Christian TheologyLutheranintroductoryAmazon
Henry,
Carl
Revelation and Authority, etal.Carl Henry theologyBaptist, evangelical, championed inerrancy6 volumesAmazon
Hodge,
Charles
Systematic
Theology
Charles Hodge Systematic TheologyReformed Presbyterian, forerunner for evangelicalsKnown for his commentary on RomansAmazon
Horton,
Michael
The
Christian
Faith
Michael Horton Christian FaithReformed,
Calvinistic,
evangelical
lay person to undergrad reading levelAmazon
Horton,
Michael
Pilgrim
Theology
Michael Horton Pilgrim TheologyReformed,
Calvinistic,
evangelical
seminary-levelAmazon
Horton,
Stanley
Systematic
Theology
Stanley Horton Systematic TheologyPentecostal, ordained in Assemblies of God denominationmulti-author projectAmazon
Jenson,
Robert
Systematic
Theology
Robert Jensen Systematic TheologyLutheranstudied under BarthAmazon
Letham,
Robert
Systematic
Theology
Robert Letham Systematic TheologyReformed
Presbyterian
begins with arguments for God’s existenceAmazon
Lewis, Gordon and Demarest, BruceIntegrative
Theology
Integrative Theology Lewis DemarestBaptist,
conservative
integrates historical, biblical, systematic, apologetic, and practical theologyAmazon
Lloyd-Jones,
D. Martin
Great Doctrines
of the Bible
Martyn Lloyd Jones Great DoctrinesReformed,
Calvinistic,
evangelical
link to the right is for 3 -in-1 book editionAmazon
MacArthur,
John
Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible TruthBiblical Doctrine by John MacArthurReformed,
Baptist,
cessationist
lay person to undergraduate reading levelAmazon
McClendon,
James
Systematic
Theology
James McClendon Systematic TheologyAnabaptist, e.g. Mennonite, Bretherenfocuses on theological ethicsAmazon
McCune,
Rolland
Systematic
Theology
of Biblical
Christianity
Systematic Theology by Rolland McCuneIndependent
Baptist
published by
Detroit Baptist
Theological
Seminary
Amazon
McGrath,
Alister
Christian
Theology
Alister McGrath Christian TheologyAnglican,
Theistic
evolution
Companion volume: A Christian Theology ReaderAmazon
Menzies, William and Horton, StanleyBible
Doctrines
Bible Doctrines Menzies HortonBoth members of Assemblies of God denominationFollows AG 16 Fundamentals of FaithAmazon
Oden, Thomas C.Classic Christianity: A Systematic TheologyThomas Oden Classic ChristianityArminian,
Methodist
brings today’s church “the best wisdom from its past”Amazon
Olson,
Roger
The Mosaic of Christian BeliefRoger Olson Mosaic Christian BeliefAmerican
Baptist,
Arminian
evangelical,
introductory
Amazon
Packer,
J.I.
Concise
Theology
Concise Theology J.I. PackerAnglican,
Calvinist,
evangelical
paperback usually under $15Amazon
Pannenberg,
Wolfhart
Systematic
Theology
Wolfhart Pannenberg Systematic TheologyLutheranintroductory, grounded in historical revelationAmazon
Reymond,
Robert
A New Systematic Theology of the Christian FaithRobert Reymond New Systematic TheologyReformed
Presbyterian
Upholds classic Calvinist positionsAmazon
Ryrie,
Charles
Basic
Theology
Charles Ryrie Basic TheologyBaptist,
Dispensational
94 short chaptersAmazon
Sawyer, JamesThe Survivor’s Guide to TheologyJames Sawyer theologyBaptist, evangelical, dispensationalintroductoryAmazon
Shedd,
William
Dogmatic
Theology
William Shedd Dogmatic TheologyReformed
Presbyterian
A leading theologian of the 19th centuryAmazon
Sproul,
R.C.
Everyone’s A TheologianR.C. Sproul theologyReformed
Presbyterian,
championed
introductoryAmazon
Strong,
Augustus
Systematic
Theology
Augustus Strong Systematic TheologyReformed,
Baptist
a Reformed, baptistic, classicAmazon
Thiessen, HenryLectures in Systematic TheologyHenry Thiessen Lectures Theologyevangelical,
dispensational
akin to Chaefer
revised in 1979Amazon
Tillich,
Paul
Systematic
Theology
Paul Tillich Systematic TheologyLutheran, some evangelicals argue he is pantheistic3 volumesAmazon
Vos,
Geerhardus
Reformed
Dogmatics
Vos Reformed DogmaticsDutch-American
Reformed
Presbyterian
recommended by Michael HortonAmazon
Warfield,
B.B.
WorksB.B. Warfiled theologyReformed
Presbyterian,
championed
inerrancy
10 volumesAmazon
Wiley,
Orton
Christian
Theology
Orton Wiley Christian TheologyWesleyan,
Holiness,
Church of the Nazarene
Methodist,
Arminian
Amazon
Williams,
Rodman
Renewal
Theology
Rodman Williams Renewal TheologyPentecostal,
Renewal
theologian
charismatic traditionAmazon

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